so happy that SHAPE is out there doing its thing...its just so wrong that this current government, and going back to 2010, has dragged disability rights and disabled people back by 40+ years ago... and so now SHAPE has more to do than ever before ! Back in 2009, I didn't see so much reason for SHAPE's work to continue, other than employing more disabled people in its offices, but now WE NEED SHAPE..! LONDON but also all the regional areas beyond LONDON need so much more help and support . Out in the provinces we need a literal army of empowered disabled people of all ages to come and fight all the prejudice, ignorance, disinterest and discrimination going on daily.... I know that if SHAPE can grow bigger they will be leaders far and beyond London.. THE UK NEEDS SHAPE, now more than ever
I have a disability and although I graduated from Cass Business School top in the world I am at the bottom of my career. Disability in art and workforce needs a leg up and we must collectively push society to let us in!!
The only way my art is seen or heard is through Disability Arts that does not gag, silence or marginalise. Organisations like Shape are essential in giving us the opportunity to be visible and contribute to the conversation. Thank you xx
Disabled artists are artists and deserve to be allowed the same voice and same artistic expression as anyone else, and not to be labelled or boxed in by their disability, but to be accepted simply as artists in their own right. As a society and as an industry, we all have an obligation to tear down the systemic barriers currently preventing this.